Summerside's Heather Moyse begins her quest for Olympic gold on Tuesday.
Summerside’s Heather Moyse will be back in the international spotlight on Tuesday on TSN2 and CBC as well as Sportsnet One on Wednesday.
Moyse and Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries will look to become the first-ever team in the two-woman bobsleigh competition to win back-to-back gold medals at the Winter Olympics. Moyse, the brakeman, and pilot Humphries won the gold medal in the Canada One sled at the Vancouver Games in 2010.
The two-woman bobsled airs Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. on TSN2 and from 11:15 a.m. to noon on CBC. On Wednesday, womens' bobsled airs on Sportsnet One between noon and 2:20 p.m.
“I feel honoured I’ve been granted the opportunity to go,” Moyse said in early January.
The first day of competition for Moyse and Humphries will be Tuesday, when the first two heats are held. The finals are Wednesday.
“We will go into this Olympic Games like we went into the last one,” said Moyse. “When we went into the last one we tried to downplay the fact it was an Olympics, and just treat the race like it was the last race of the season, just as we would treat any other race we had. In doing so, obviously it worked really well for us. We are going to do the same.”
Moyse joins Charlottetown Dave (Eli) MacEachern as the only Islanders to appear in three Olympic Games. Coincidentally, MacEachern represented Canada in bobsleigh, winning two-man gold with Pierre Lueders in 1998. He also competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics.
Moyse and pilot Helen Upperton missed out on a bronze medal by five-hundreds of a second in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. However, the defending gold-medallists know things will be different this time.
“Both of us as a team have different pressures on us based on the last Olympics,” said Moyse. “If we can manage to keep the distractions of that kind of pressure down and just focus on literally the process instead of the outcome, I know that’s a little bit cliché, but if we can manage to do that we’ll be able to come out with a positive outcome.”
Having competed in the last two Winter Olympics, is there anything in particular that Moyse has learned from those experiences that she can use to her team’s advantage this time?
“That it’s just another race,” answered Moyse. “It is the last race of our season and if we treat it the same way that we would treat any World Cup, avoid all distractions and do what we do best and let the other teams make mistakes, then it’s possible to come out with the win.”
And while Prince Edward Islanders will be glued to their televisions cheering on the Canada One sled, that support is not lost on Moyse.
“It’s hard to even put into words,” said Moyse about the support she receives from her hometown and province. “It comes from family and friends, and also from corporate P.E.I. It’s the kind of support where I know that regardless of what the outcome is, I know I will have that support there no matter what.
“It’s a great feeling. It enables me to be able to do my job and to do it hopefully well, but knowing I will be welcomed back with open arms regardless of what happens here at the Games.”